When Ezra Wilson took the job as a census worker, he never imagined it would lead to a place like his latest assignment. From the moment he turns off the interstate and travels past the village limits, it becomes clear that Heritage isn’t just some quaint New England town.
A sinister encounter at an automobile graveyard is only the start. In Heritage Proper, a town divided down the middle both politically and literally, Ezra is met with hostility on both sides of an imposing brick wall that separates warring factions that have maintained a fragile peace. After scaling the wall into Heritage North, Ezra discovers a beautiful young woman held prisoner in a fortified basement room and promises to help her. To do so will expose the last of the small town’s dark secrets and lay bare big planetary dangers if Ezra survives his visit to a destination where even the white picket fences are not at all what they appear to be.
Raised on a healthy diet of creature double features and classic SF TV, Gregory L. Norris writes regularly for numerous short story anthologies, national magazines, novels, and the occasional episode for TV or film. Gregory novelized the NBC Made-for-TV classic by Gerry Anderson, The Day After Tomorrow: Into Infinity (as well as a sequel and a forthcoming third entry into the franchise for Anderson Entertainment in the U.K.), a movie he watched as an eleven-year-old sitting cross-legged on the living room floor of the enchanted cottage where he grew up. Gregory won HM in the 2016 Roswell Awards in Short SF Writing. He once worked as a screenwriter on two episodes of Paramount’s Star Trek: Voyager. Kate Mulgrew, Voyager’s “Captain Janeway,” blurbed his book of short stories and novellas, The Fierce and Unforgiving Muse, stating, “In my seven years on Voyager, I don’t think I’ve met a writer more capable of writing such a book—and writing it so beautifully.”
In late 2019, Gregory sold an option on his modern Noir feature film screenplay, Amandine, to the new Hollywood production company Snarkhunter LLC, owned by actor Dan Lench, a devotee of Gregory’s writing. In late 2020, Snarkhunter optioned Gregory’s tetralogy Horror film based upon four of his short stories, Ride Along. That same month, his short story “Water Whispers” (originally appearing in the anthology 20,000 Leagues Remembered), was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Norris was nominated for his second Pushcart in 2021 with “The Woman in the Wallpaper,” his short story in the anthology The Lost Librarian’s Grave. His 2021 novel release, Ex Marks the Spot (Woodhall Press), was favorably reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly. In 2022, Woodhall releases his follow up collection, The Solar System: 12 Tales of Wonder and Adventure from Sol to Pluto. The following month, Van Velzer Press publishes A Dream Within a Dream—six novellas written by Norris that pay homage to the poetry and short story work of his favorite author, Edgar Allen Poe.
Gregory lives and writes at Xanadu, a century-old house perched on a hill in New Hampshire’s North Country with spectacular mountain views, with his rescue cat and emerald-eyed muse. Follow his literary adventures at: www.gregorylnorris.blogspot.com.
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